• Tornado watch issued for the area

    by  • November 17, 2013

    A number of Midwestern states are awakening to the threat of a high risk of severe thunderstorms and what is being called a very dangerous situation. The National Weather Service says parts of Illinois, Indiana, southern Michigan and western Ohio are at the greatest risk of seeing tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds Sunday....

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    Illinois has most units of local government in country

    by  • November 15, 2013

    Illinois has nearly seven thousand units of local government. That’s more than any other state. From school boards to library districts to county commissions, one think tank says it’s high time to cut that number dramatically. The Illinois policy institute says shrinking the number of government units will save taxpayer dollars. The institute believes...

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    Mt. Vernon could soon see higher property taxes

    by  • November 15, 2013

    People in Mt. Vernon may soon see higher property taxes. The Mt. Vernon Township High School Board has proposed raising its taxes by nearly 8 percent. Members say the money will not go toward construction of the new high school. Instead, it will be used for general operating expenses, including teacher salaries and transportation....

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    Man struck and killed by West Frankfort train

    by  • November 15, 2013

    A West Frankfort man is dead after being struck by a train late last night in Franklin County. The incident took place around 9 p.m. in West Frankfort at the Elm Street crossing. That’s when a Union Pacific train reportedly struck and killed 50-year-old Carl Jackson. Jackson had gone around the gates and attempted...

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    Flesh eating drug reaches St. Louis

    by  • November 15, 2013

    Doctors say a flesh-eating homemade drug popular in Russia has reached St. Louis. The drug is known as krokodil. It reportedly produces a high similar to heroin but is more addictive. Doctors at St. Mary’s Health Center say they have treated a patient with severe leg sores caused by use of the drug, which...

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